Costume Shops for NYC Kids
by Lisa Freedman, Time Out New York contributor, 10/20/2010
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Like most Halloween shops in the City, Abracadabra prides itself on its unbeatable selection. Historically savvy kids can pick out a musketeer costume or medieval princess getup ($35-$65 for most kids costumes).
Masquerade Costumes/Halloween Adventure
Get little ones parade-ready at this Times Square shop, which offers plenty of kid classics (Superman, Batman, Spider-Man, Star Wars characters), new faves (Toy Story 3) and even a by-appointment custom fang–molding station.
New York Costumes/Halloween Adventure
Encompassing more than 15,000 square feet, this two-story megastore is open year-round and stocks guises for the entire family—even your dog. Despite its large size, the lines to get in can wrap around the block as Halloween nears, so go early.
With about 40 pop-up stores (up from 28 last year) and 25 permanent shops around the City, convenience is Ricky's specialty. It's also the go-to place for costumes that riff on the year's top blockbuster hits. The main draw for 2010? Looks from Despicable Me. Swing by for Minion Dave ($40), Vector masks ($20 each) and even a combo set of an adult-size Gru and child's Agnes ($80). Consider covering your tyke's eyes as you walk past the adult costume section—each getup is raunchier than the last.
This pop-up superstore sprouts seven City locations come Halloween season. Browse the extensive baby, toddler and tween collection. Our favorites: a True Blood–esque Lil' Bite Vampire set ($15, for babies) and the bad-ass X-Men Wolverine suit ($25, for toddlers).
For more costume shops, visit Time Out New York.